Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Norwest Venture Partners Raises $1.2 Billion

Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), a global, multi-stage venture and growth equity investment firm, announced a new fund with $1.2 billion.

The new Norwest Venture Partners XII fund bring NVP's total capital and commitments to approximately $5 billion

In 2013, more than 11 of the firm’s portfolio companies experienced liquidity events. NVP has invested in nearly 550 companies since inception, and currently has over 120 active companies across its venture and growth equity portfolio, including Adaptive Insights, Apigee, BlueJeans Network, CareCloud, Clarus Marketing Group, Gilt Groupe, Health Catalyst, Intersect ENT, Lending Club, Lumosity, MobileIron, Skybox Imaging, Spotify, Turn and Yatra.

“A key strategy for success at NVP is investment diversification. We invest across multiple sectors, stages and geographies, all with a team approach that enables our portfolio companies to tap into the breadth and depth of our expertise,” said Promod Haque, senior managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners. “The closing of NVP XII will enable us to expand our focus in the enterprise IT, consumer Internet, healthcare, consumer products and services sectors and grow our presence in thriving entrepreneurial hubs. We look forward to working closely with passionate and talented entrepreneurs to build the next wave of successful companies.”

http://www.nvp.com/

AT&T's Top Suppliers: Amdocs, EMC, Fujitsu, Samsung

AT&T named eight companies as its top vendors over the past year: Amdocs, CEB, EMC, FleishmanHillard, Fujitsu Network Communications, KGP Companies, MasTec Network Solutions, and Samsung Telecommunications America.

Our suppliers play a vital role in helping us deliver the great products and services that our customers have come to expect from AT&T,” said Tim Harden, President of AT&T Supply Chain and Fleet Operations. “We acknowledge our most strategic suppliers by awarding those that have stood out in providing value and exceeding expectations with the AT&T Supplier Award.”

http://about.att.com/story/att_honors_suppliers_for_outstanding_performance.html



Monday, May 12, 2014

OpenStack Builds Momentum with Icehouse Stack and Open Marketplace

The OpenStack community continues to gain momentum following last month's release of Icehouse - its ninth software stack -- and the opening of an OpenStack Marketplace, said Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director of the OpenStack Foundation, in his keynote address to the OpenStack Summit, which is being held in Atlanta this week.  Bryce said the OpenStack movement is many ways representative of the tech industry -- we are moving to an era of agile infrastructure supporting a "software-defined economy."

The new OpenStack Marketplace has five initial categories: Public Clouds, Distributions and Appliances, Training, Consulting and Systems Integrators, and Drive. All included products and services must meet specific technical requirements and be transparent with product information, such as OpenStack versions and capabilities supported.

As in previous OpenStack releases, Icehouse provides a framework for managing pools of resources in a data center. The new code adds support for rolling upgrades along with about 350 new features, including:


  • OpenStack Compute (Nova): New support for rolling upgrades minimizes the impact to running workloads during the upgrade process. Testing requirements for third-party drivers have become more stringent, and scheduler performance is improved. Other enhancements include improved boot process reliability across platform services, new features exposed to end users via API updates (e.g., target machines by affinity) and more efficient access to the data layer to improve performance, especially at scale.
  • OpenStack Object Storage (Swift): A major new feature is discoverability, which dramatically improves workflows and saves time by allowing users to ask any Object Storage cloud what capabilities are available via API call. A new replication process significantly improves performance, with the introduction of s-sync to more efficiently transport data.
  • OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder): Enhancements have been added for backend migration with tiered storage environments, allowing for performance management in heterogeneous environments. Mandatory testing for external drivers now ensures a consistent user experience across storage platforms, and fully distributed services improve scalability.
  • OpenStack Networking (Neutron): Tighter integration with OpenStack Compute improves performance of provisioning actions as well as consistency with bulk instance creation. Better functional testing for actions that require coordination between multiple services and third-party driver testing ensure consistency and reliability across network implementations.
  • OpenStack Identity Service (Keystone): First iteration of federated authentication is now supported allowing users to access private and public OpenStack clouds with the same credentials.
  • OpenStack Orchestration (Heat): Automated scaling of additional resources across the platform, including compute, storage and networking is now available. A new configuration API brings more lifecycle management for applications, and new capabilities are available to end-users that were previously limited to cloud administrators. Collaboration with OASIS resulted in the TOSCA Simple Profile in YAML v1.0, demonstrating how the feedback and expertise of hands-on OpenStack developers can dramatically improve the applicability of standards.
  • OpenStack Telemetry (Ceilometer): Improved access to metering data used for automated actions or billing / chargeback purposes.
  • OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon): Design is updated with new navigation and user experience improvements (e.g., in-line editing). The Dashboard is now available in 16 languages, including German, Serbian and Hindi added during this release cycle.
  • OpenStack Database Service (Trove): A new capability included in the integrated release allows users to manage relational database services in an OpenStack environment.
Some other highlights from OpenStack Summit:

A10 Networks -- demonstrating on-demand provisioning of L4-L7 services in an OpenStack cloud environment. This showcases how A10’s aCloud Services Architecture, integrated with OpenStack, allows customers to dynamically scale up and down L4-L7 services in public or private clouds.

Brocade and Huawei -- proposed a new OpenStack service to support inter-data center multitenancy. The idea is to provide an automated solution for companies with multiple data centers to address the challenge of maintaining connectivity and policy context for virtual machines migrating between data centers. This proposal The proposal has the potential to simplify the manageability and overall efficiency of inter-data center multitenancy.

Brocade's earlier contributions include Fibre Channel (FC) Zone Manager, which was released as part of the OpenStack Icehouse release supporting key FC SAN functionality. Cinder, the OpenStack Block Storage service, creates a layer of abstraction that supports connectivity of multiple iSCSI and FC storage devices. The FC Zone Manager extends Cinder's FC support to provide automated SAN zoning. In today's OpenStack environments, FC SANs are either pre-zoned or open-zoned. Pre-zoning introduces complexity in cloud orchestration and involves considerable manual effort that may be error-prone. The Automated Zone Management overcomes challenges and limitations related to complexity and human error resulting from FC SAN zoning.

Ericsson -- announced plans to deploy OpenStack as a framework for its Network Function Virtualization (NFV) development. During the OpenStack Summit, Ericsson will demonstrate the Ericsson Virtual Enterprise and Residential Gateways, which are examples of integration of OpenStack into its Service Provider SDN solution.  Ericsson will also demonstrate a charging system for OpenStack, based on the Ericsson online charging system.

F5 - will support OpenStack open source cloud software across four key areas: (1) Application Delivery – OpenStack Networking (Neutron) Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) and other capabilities can be integrated with F5’s BIG-IP and BIG-IQ solutions via plug-ins, (2) Orchestration – OpenStack Orchestration (Heat) integration provides enhanced functionality with BIG-IQ cloud connector capabilities for OpenStack Community Edition software, (3) Vendor Certification – F5 is in the process of validating its integrations with other companies in the community to ensure fully supported, vendor-tested OpenStack deployments, (4) Community Innovation – F5’s DevCentral user community is expanding to better support OpenStack developers with plug-in downloads, sample code, and documentation to help organizations maximize their technology investments.

PLUMgrid --  announced its secure virtual networking product for large-scale OpenStack clouds. Built using PLUMgrid Platform and IO Visor technology, it provides a solution to build cloud infrastructure at scale and offer secure, multi-tenant network services to OpenStack cloud users. Based on a highly automated workflow, the PLUMgrid OpenStack Networking Suite enables applications and users to deploy private Virtual Domains in seconds without changing the physical network fabric.

Pluribus -- showing OpenStack orchestration based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, featuring tighter integration with native network services, as well as additional capabilities that include the ability to set per-tenant and per-application QoS, and the use of the Netvisor’s ‘vflow’ capability for application flow programming. The integrated server hardware and storage on the Pluribus Freedom platform can host the OpenStack controller in addition to other network services, eliminating the need for separate orchestration hardware within the rack.

Red Hat --  announced the formation of the ManageIQ community, which aims to provide the industry's leading open source cloud management platform with advanced governance and automation capabilities. Red Hat will contribute software acquired from ManageIQ, Inc., which currently serves as the basis for its Red Hat CloudForms open hybrid cloud management product. In addition to its software contributions, Red Hat will also provide integration and orchestration content for lab automation. This platform and content pairing help ease the building of development and testing clouds based on OpenStack.

Red Hat and NetApp -- will eliver an open hybrid cloud reference architecture based on OpenStack IceHouse to help organizations build agile, interoperable private and hybrid clouds that are easily managed, massively scalable, and highly reliable. This reference architecture will be designed to enable customers to more closely integrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.




Internap Launches an OpenStack-powered Public Cloud

Internap introduced its massively scalable, high-performance, next-generation AgileCLOUD that exposes native OpenStack API and delivers "out of the box" virtual and bare-metal hybridization.

The new Internap AgileCLOUD, which is one of the first public cloud services to be featured in new OpenStack Marketplace, aims to meet the demands of large-scale, performance-intensive application environments. Internap provides the added flexibility to hybridize AgileCLOUD with Internap colocation and hosting infrastructure, all of which can be monitored and managed through a single-pane-of-glass portal.

Internap said that by exposing the native OpenStack API, its AgileCLOUD enables customers to access the entire OpenStack ecosystem and avoid vendor lock-in. The goal is to allow customers to move workloads between AgileCLOUD and other cloud environments and leverage third-party management tools. Exposing the native API is one of the key criteria for inclusion in the OpenStack Foundation's new public cloud Marketplace, which is designed to help OpenStack "superusers" and those new to the platform better understand and make comparisons between OpenStack products and services.

Key features of Internap's AgileCLOUD:


  • Server performance tiers and custom configuration – For maximum flexibility, customers can choose from three configuration series, depending on their performance requirements. Options include two virtual instance series and a bare-metal series for applications that require the highest levels of performance consistency. Each series features configurable memory, CPU and SSD storage options.
  • All-SSD storage with guaranteed performance – Networked (persistent) storage is based on an SSD-imbued SAN, with each volume having a guaranteed number of IOPS. This prevents performance variations stemming from the "noisy neighbor" effect of multi-tenancy and guarantees Quality of Service (QoS). All-SSD local storage options are also available.
  • Cloud network optimization – AgileCLOUD is underpinned by Internap's Performance IP bandwidth to deliver consistently higher performance and lower latency to end users when compared to other clouds. Performance IP finds the fastest route across numerous carrier backbones worldwide with Internap's patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) technology, which analyzes network characteristics like jitter and packet loss and makes an average of 1,300 traffic optimizations per customer per hour.

"OpenStack offers a flexible platform that gives providers the ability to innovate and deliver cloud infrastructure that is free of vendor lock-in," said Internap's Christian Primeau, senior vice president and general manager, cloud and hosting. "Building AgileCLOUD on OpenStack allowed us to focus on integrating the features that are central to our value proposition, including infrastructure hybridization and delivering best performance to end users. The result is an advanced open cloud computing solution that allows customers to meet a full range of workload needs, from large-scale, distributed environments to real-time, data-intensive applications."

"OpenStack is a platform that allows service providers to create innovative, open cloud solutions to meet today's performance, scale and flexibility demands," said Mark Collier, COO at the OpenStack Foundation. "The new OpenStack Marketplace features a broad array of products and services in supporting the OpenStack ecosystem, including Internap's AgileCLOUD."

http://www.internap.com

AT&T's NetBond Links Customer VPNs Directly to Salesforce

AT&T customers will soon be able to link their Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) directly to Salesforce cloud services.

AT&T's NetBond capability will connect to Salesforce services directly from an AT&T MPLS VPN from any location on the private network. AT&T said its NetBond is designed to match the simplicity and elasticity of cloud computing services like Salesforce.

“The addition of choice in how users connect to Salesforce is game changing for enterprise customers who need high performing and reliable access to industry-leading cloud services,” said Andy Geisse, CEO, AT&T Business Solutions. “This is an important addition to our growing AT&T NetBond ecosystem and will further accelerate enterprise cloud adoption.”

AT&T highlighted the following advantages for NetBond:

  • Simple: Seamlessly works with existing AT&T VPN through APIs creating an automated experience; no additional equipment or access lines required to order or manage. 
  • Savings: Network elasticity that automatically flexes with the needs of the cloud service; companies can save as much as 60 percent on networking costs. 
  • Performance: Delivers as much as 50 percent lower latency and 3x availability when compared to the public Internet. 
  • Protection: Isolates traffic going directly to cloud platforms using the AT&T private global network, providing additional protections from risks such as DDoS attacks. 

Microsoft Advances Azure Cloud Capabilities

Microsoft confirmed that Azure ExpressRoute connections will be available with partners AT&T, BT, Equinix, Level 5, TeleCity, SingTel and Verizon. Azure ExpressRoute ensures private connections between Azure data centers and on-premise infrastructure or colocation facilities by using an MPLS VPN or other secure tunnel.

Azure Virtual Network now supports more than one site-to-site VPN connection. This enables customers to securely connect multiple on-premises locations. With new VNET-to-VNET connectivity, multiple virtual networks can be directly and securely linked to one another for disaster prevention.  Another new capability is IP Reservation, which allows the customer to reserve public IP addresses and use them as virtual IP addresses—ideal for applications that need static public IP addresses or when there is a need to swap reserved IP addresses to update applications.

Azure Traffic Manager, now generally available, supports both Azure & external endpoints, for building highly available applications across Azure and on-premises.

Also effective today, two new compute-intensive virtual machine instances — A8 and A9 — came online.  Microsoft said these instances bring faster processors and interconnectivity, more virtual cores, and larger memory.

Microsoft also introduced a preview of Azure Files, a new technology that simplifies how files can be shared in the cloud across applications and services.

Other networking highlights from Microsoft's TechEd North America event conference in Houston include the Azure Site Recovery preview for disaster recovery and the Azure Antimalware to protect VMs and services running Azure. Microsoft is planning further enhanced data-loss prevention and encryption technologies for Office 365 customers.

http://www.microsoft.com

IBM Unveils Software Defined Storage

IBM unveiled its new “Elastic Storage” technology which it claims offers "unprecedented performance, infinite scale, and is capable of reducing storage costs up to 90 percent by automatically moving data onto the most economical storage device."

The patented storage software is aimed the most data-intensive applications, such as seismic data processing, risk management and financial analysis, weather modeling, and scientific research. The software automatically manages data locally and globally, providing breakthrough speed in data access, easier administration and the ability to scale technology infrastructures quickly and more cost-effectively as data volumes expand. In addition, these advances can work with any company’s storage systems to provide automated and virtualized storage.

IBM said the architectural limits of its Elastic Storage stretch into the thousands of “yottabytes.” A yottabyte is one billion petabytes, or the equivalent of a data center the size of one million city blocks, which would fill the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. IBM Research has demonstrated that Elastic Storage can successfully scan 10 billion files on a single cluster in just 43 minutes. Elastic Storage builds on IBM’s global file system software.  It exploits server-side Flash for up to six times increase in performance than with standard SAS disks. Elastic Storage virtualizes the storage allowing multiple systems and applications to share common pools of storage.  It also automatically and intelligently moves data to the most strategic and economic storage system available.

Versions of the technology were used for the Jeopardy! television match between IBM's Watson and two former Jeopardy! champions. For the show, IBM’s Watson had access to 200 million pages of structured and unstructured data, including the full text of Wikipedia. By using Elastic Storage capabilities, around five terabytes of Watson’s “knowledge” (or 200 million pages of data) were loaded in only minutes into the computer’s memory.

IBM plans to make Elastic Storage software available as an IBM SoftLayer cloud service later this year.

“Digital information is growing at such a rapid rate and in such dramatic volumes that traditional storage systems used to house and manage it will eventually run out of runway,” said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems and Technology Group. “Our technology offers the advances in speed, scalability and cost savings that clients require to operate in a world where data is the basis of competitive advantage.”

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43865.wss

Southeast Asia-Japan Cable System Upgrades to 100G

Upgrades are underway to bring the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) submarine cable system up to 100G channel capacity. The upgrade to the 8,986 km system brings an increase of 6.5 Tbps of total capacity. TE SubCom (SubCom) is the contractor on the project.

The SJC cable system began service in June 2013 and is operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies, linking the seven countries or territories of Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to connect with Thailand.

“An upgrade of this significance confirms the capacity growth Southeast Asia is experiencing,” said Qian Zhong, managing director, Asia Pacific Sales, TE SubCom. “Equipped with a 6.5 Tbps increase, the SJC upgrade will set a new benchmark in global data and information connectivity by transforming the way businesses and consumers in the region use bandwidth-intensive programs.”

“We completed the full system construction project in 2013 and are very excited to see it, and our relationship with the SJC consortium, continue to grow,” said John Mitchell, president, TE SubCom. “The Asia Pacific region continues to see a dramatic increase in demand for capacity. TE SubCom is committed to providing the essential bandwidth to enable the region to reliably and affordably interact and communicate with the rest of the world.”

http://www.SubCom.com

The SJC consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG), Donghwa Telecom Co. Ltd (DHT) (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co., Ltd.), Globe Telecom, Inc., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).

NEC was also a contractor for the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable.

Vitesse Extends its 10GE PHY Portfolio

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced the latest generation of its widely adopted 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) PHY portfolio, the VSC8489 physical layer transceiver family.

The new devices offer a low cost, flexible LAN/WAN solution with multiple interface options for KR backplane and SR/LR/ER/ZR/220MMF optical module applications. The VSC8489 family also has the industry’s smallest footprint in its feature class, consuming 22% less area than the competition. Target applications include enterprise data centers supporting cloud services.

Vitesse said its new VSC8489 family includes two products with VeriTime, the industry’s de facto highest accuracy IEEE 1588v2 timing synchronization technology, as well as one without VeriTime for cost-sensitive applications that are not timing-critical. The VSC8489 family allows customers to choose the right 10GE PHY for their needs now, with a seamless and pin-compatible upgrade path to advanced timing and security features if, or when, they are required in the future.

“Demand for greater bandwidth and more feature-rich solutions at the physical layer is evident everywhere, from the Enterprise to service providers, as 10G technologies become increasingly more cost effective,” said Richard Interrante, product marketing director at Vitesse. “The VSC8489 family gives OEMs an efficient way to upgrade networks transitioning to cloud and other virtualized environments.”

The VSC8489 family is in production now. Product details are online.

http://www.vitesse.com/products/product/VSC8489
http://www.vitesse.com/products/productLine/10GE-PHYs

UBS Picks Juniper for Next-Gen Data Center

The global financial services firm UBS has selected Juniper Networks to build a next generation enterprise data center network infrastructure.  Specifically, UBS plans to implement key components of Juniper Networks MetaFabric architecture, an open standards-based architecture with routing, switching, security, management and orchestration functionality. Juniper's networking architecture will serve as the building block to help virtualize multiple UBS data center environments. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.juniper.net

DE-CIX Lands Akamai in its NYC Data Center

DE-CIX North America, the U.S. arm of the German Internet exchange operator, confirmed Akamai as the first customer turned up on its Internet exchange, DE-CIX New York. Service turn-up for Akamai occurred last week at DE-CIX’s Internet exchange at its 111 8th Ave. access site in New York City. Akamai’s connection to DE-CIX New York follows a long-term partnership; Akamai has also used DE-CIX’s services in Europe and the Middle East.

“Our company was founded in 1998 to solve the problem of the ‘World Wide Wait,’” says Steven J. Schecter, Senior Manager, Network Architecture  for Akamai. “Akamai’s Intelligent Platform is a leading cloud platform for delivering high-performing user experiences to any device, anywhere.  It reaches globally and delivers locally. Having this new Internet exchange in New York will enable us to connect with other peering partners across a resilient Ethernet platform. DE-CIX is helping us to make good on our customer promise to deliver Internet content intelligently.”

http://nyc.de-cix.net

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Video: Microsoft's Brad Booth on Building Hyper-Scale Data Centers

In this video, Brad Booth, Principal Engineer at Microsoft, talks about radically changing the way data centers are built. The old way of doing things simply did not achieve the scale that Microsoft needed.  The basic idea is to build "castle on a cloud" - essentially giant warehouses that can accommodate all the technology needed.

Another prominent feature of Microsoft's data center strategy is the concept of "crop rotation" - key technology is swapped out about every 36 months and replaced by updated systems.  Here he previews some the new technology in the next crop rotation cycle.

Filmed at Ethernet Technology Summit

See 3-minute video:  http://youtu.be/yyYIWIP5gn8




Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fujitsu Expands its SDN Portfolio with Multi-layer WAN Solutions

Fujitsu introduced the second round of products in its Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture, which uses SDN to optimize network-wide flows across the entire ICT platform.  The first round of SDN solutions from Fujitsu included network virtualization products for data centers. This round focuses on multi-layer, wide-area implementations.

Fujitsu said the new products, which became available for ordering beginning May 9 in Japan, enable virtual networks with centralized management across WANs. The solutions provide visualization of communication routes for each service and provide control and management functions, including for existing IP-communications equipment. The new set includes:


  • Virtuora NC software -- centrally manages network-configuration information and integrates virtual networks. It uses Fujitsu's proprietary routing-design engine to determine the best route based on multiple types of information, including number of hops and guaranteed bandwidth. It also provides a service chaining functionality that selects and connects to functions (such as firewalls and load balancers) available on a wide-area network. It enables visualization of communications-routing information for each service in an easy-to-read display to simplify virtual network operations that usually require a high level of specialized knowledge, which contributes to lower operating expenses.
  • Virtuora SN-V software -- carries out virtual-network control and user-data transport processes based on the information set up by Virtuora NC. The software, which runs on standard x86 servers, uses Fujitsu's proprietary execution-control technology to achieve high-speed data-communications processing. It is controlled by Virtuora NC, and it can autonomously perform routing-trouble monitoring and instant switchover when faults are detected. Virtuora SN-V uses standard OpenFlow 1.3(4) protocol as its control interface.
  • Proactnes II QM software -- provides for network-quality management. The latest release analyzes communications traffic, then instantly detects any deterioration of quality and accurately identifies problem areas. It reports information on degraded quality to Virtuora NC, and has supports the NVGRE protocol and the Q-in-Q protocol. 

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2014/20140509-01.html

NEC Demos SDN with Microsoft's Hyper-V Network Virtualization

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) will be demonstrating a beta version of a new solution that enables Microsoft’s Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) to co-exist with its own ProgrammableFlow SDN networking suite.

Last fall, NEC announced a solution that integrates network and compute orchestration for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V customers who use the NEC ProgrammableFlow networking suite along with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This solution is now generally available in North America. Once both solutions are GA, customers will have, for the first time, a single point of network policy administration that integrates both tunnel based network virtualization (ProgrammableFlow and HNV) and fabric-based network virtualization (ProgrammableFlow and SCVMM).

“Having two different options for network virtualization significantly improves flexibility for customers who are virtualizing their networks,” said Don Clark, director business development, NEC Corporation of America. “Best of all, customers also gain the ability for end-to-end configurability and visibility throughout their networks. With each new SDN development, NEC continues to improve our customers’ ability to reduce the manual processes and complexity related to conventional networks, improve agility of network services, and increase performance and throughput.”

NEC will be showcasing this demonstration during Microsoft’s TechEd North America 2014 conference May 12-15 in Houston. General availability of the integration of Hyper-V Network Virtualization and the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite is expected in the second half of 2014.

http://www.necam.com

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tata Tests 400G Long-Haul Subsea Network with Huawei

Tata Communications has conducted a 400G field trial on a subsea network over 6000 km.

The test, which was conducted in partnership with Huawei and Huawei Marine, demonstrated an optical transmission of 400G signals, an industry-first for a submarine cable system of this length.

Huawei and Huawei Marine’s technical solution adopted the modulation format of Dual Carrier Polarisation Division Multiplexing Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (DC-PDM-QPSK), an innovative Faster-Than-Nyquist (FTN) compensation and recovery algorithm, proprietary clock recovery technology and Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) technology to address the problems of high-speed signal distortion and unstable clocks. The use of such advanced technology underpins Huawei and Huawei Marine’s significant commitment to investing in research and development to meet the needs of their customers.

"The 400G technology of Huawei & Huawei Marine demonstrates that our existing subsea network asset is capable of supporting future, next-generation transmission technology as shown in the 400G trial. Tata Communications constantly assesses new technology to expand our capabilities and to enhance our ability to support traffic growth demand from our customers," said Mr. Hon Kit Lam, Vice President, International Transmission and IP business, Tata Communications.

http://www.huawei.com
http://www.tatacommunications.com/
http://www.huaweimarine.com/marine/

Promisec Offers Endpoint Security Built on Microsoft Azure

Promisec introduced a suite of cloud-based solutions built on Microsoft Azure and designed to provide endpoint security for small-to-medium enterprise organizations.

The Promisec Integrity enables IT organizations to ensure compliance, defend against cyber threats and validate endpoint integrity across all deployed security and IT endpoint technologies. The full suite of cloud-based offerings includes a “freemium” service that checks for specific advanced malware, as well as a more comprehensive security solution with patch management validation, endpoint protection validation services and unauthorized application visibility.

Promisec said its Software-as-a-Service offering is able to detect some of the most sophisticated malware and cyber threats and provide actionable insight for remediating issues and limiting business impact. Built for environments up to 5,000+ total endpoints, the solution ensures that all leading anti-virus agents are up to date and running, leading patch management solutions are deployed and operational and informs definitively when untrusted, blacklisted software is running within a company’s environment.

“Promisec’s cloud-based Integrity offering was easy to deploy and saved me time by pulling together a view of all my endpoints which immediately gave us a comprehensive view of each end user system,” said Nick Sciarra, IT Manager of Corporate Synergies Group.  “Without Promisec Integrity, I would have to leverage multiple applications and inspection tools to create the same crisp understanding that Promisec can provide.”

http://www.promisec.com

Huawei Wins CEM Contract in Azerbaijan

Bakcell, the leading mobile operator in Azerbaijan, selected Huawei to build up a new service quality evaluation indicator system.  The deployment features the HUAWEI SmartCare system featuring a Key Quality Indictor (KQI) to provide network quality, service quality monitoring capabilities and VIP Care. It will also cover enterprise user Service Level Agreement (SLA) assurance, roaming analysis, complaint handling assistance, and other auxiliary functions for GSM/UMTS /LTE networks. Huawei will also provide professional services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.huawei.com

SiteMinis Picks IBM's Softlayer for Cloud Services

SiteMinis, a mobile Web technology and services provider, has adopted IBM Cloud services including SoftLayer infrastructure, to enable the  dynamic mobile applications and websites that it offers.  IBM said its Softlayer solution allows SiteMinis to deliver a comprehensive infrastructure platform at a lower cost, with exceptional ease of use and reliability.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ibm.com

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